KAIJA SAARIAHO: Chamber Music
Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho is an exceptional person in more ways than one; not only in her own country but also within the international new music scene, in which she has asserted herself amidst the middle generation of the avantgarde, with performances in Salzburg, London, Paris and New York. The secret of her success lies perhaps in the fact that she has given music a new sensuality. The Wolpe Trio from Essen seems to be predestined to perform her music if only by the nature of its instrumentation, since flute and cello are among the composer’s preferred instruments. Their often combined use defines an essential characteristic of her composition: the rendering of opposites, in this case of the extremes of high and low, richness of overtones or the lack thereof, wind and string instrument. This rendering, which has defined her composing since the beginning, is not however dependent on motif or theme as in the classical sonata form, but rather always emerges out of concrete sound and its perception.